Our guest is Jeff Shero Nightbyrd, who helped start The Rag in 1966 Austin and was a major figure in the '60s New Left and a pioneer of the underground press movement. Jeff had a serious heart attack last year and underwent triple bypass open heart surgery. Jeff recently wrote an article published at The Rag Blog (http://www.theragblog.com/jeff-shero-nightbyrd-my-heart-attack-and-some-lessons-i-learned/) about his heart attack and the lessons he learned from it. On the show Jeff provides an intimate picture of his personal experience -- with his heart attack, surgery, and recovery -- while also offering some extremely useful insight into heart health, holistic health, and, in a larger sense, the strengths and weaknesses of our health care system. Jeff, who travels widely, also talks about health care in other parts of the world, especially Ecuador, where he recently spent time, and Cuba.
Jeff Nightbyrd, who lives in Austin, was national vice president of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and later was active with the Yippies. In addition to helping start The Rag, Jeff published and edited the underground newspaper RAT in New York and the influential Austin Sun, which served as a transition into what would be called the "alternative press." Jeff also owned a low-power television business and worked with Pacifica Radio in Houston. In recent years Jeff has run Acclaim, a major national talent agency.
This show was broadcast during Austin radio station KOOP-FM’s spring membership drive and most solicitation for financial support for the station has been removed.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Photographer: Roger Baker. Apprentice: Jesse Spratt. Rag Radio (www.theragblog.com/rag-radio/)is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP (www.koop.org/listen-now), and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 47:07.